Sarasota Sister Cities Wins Prestigious International Award Two Years in a Row

It is with great pride that I inform you that the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, Inc. has been notified by Sister Cities International that they are the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award: Arts and Culture (Population Less than 100,000). The award will be presented at the Sister Cities International 59th Annual Conference in Minneapolis on July 18. This award follows the receipt of the 2014 Innovation Award: Energy/  Sustainability (Population Less than 100,000).

This award recognized the ongoing Sarasota Sister Cities Program that integrates with the Florida Studio Theater's Young Playwrights Award and with students and teachers from Sarasota's Sister Cities. Florida Studio Theater trained teachers in instructing students in play writing in Dunfermline, Scotland; Tel Mond, Israel; and Vladimir. In turn, these students now submit plays to the Young Playwrights Competition.

These students have been regular winners and honorable mention recipients. For example, two Vladimir students and one Tel Mond student won this 2015. Likewise, in 2014 two Dunfermline students, one Tel Mond, and one Vladimir student won the contest. Sister Cities then hosts these students allowing them to see their plays professionally performed at Florida Studio Theater.

Students are also given an introduction to the City. This year they met with Mayor Willy Shaw and visited a variety of Sarasota institutions.

While this is an honor for all of the organization, those Sister Cities members who assisted with the program through the years deserve special credit. These include Linda Rosenbluth, City Director, Tel Mond, Israel; Pauline Mitchell, City Director, Dunfermline, Scotland; and Yulyiya Gaukhman, City Director, Vladimir; their committees;and Ron Gossett, Vice President Arts and Culture.

Recognition should also be given to Kate Alexander Associate Director of FST, who initiated program with SC in 2001 and Adam Ratner, Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator/Lead Teaching Artist.

Schedule of Presentations Fall 2015

Sarasota Sister Cities Association
Schedule of Presentations
Fall 2015

Sister City Meet & Greet will follow Presentations
All SCAS Members & General Public Invited

Sept 16, 2015 The Scottish Contribution to the World, America and Sarasota 
William Wallace

Presentation at Herald-Tribune Community Room,
Herald-Tribune Bldg
1741 Main St, Sarasota

Oct 21, 2015 Essential Oils & Perfumes of the World – An Olfactory  Experience 
Raymond Young, Ph.D.

Presentation at Herald-Tribune Community Room,
Herald-Tribune Bldg
1741 Main St, Sarasota

Nov 18, 2015 History of the Israel Connection to Sarasota-Manatee
Kim Sheintal

Co-Sponsored by (with presentation at their location)
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota

All presentations will start at 4:00 pm and our monthly Sister City Meet & Greet will follow at 5:00 pm.  Members of SCAS n/c, but a small donation of $5.00 to SCAS is suggested for non-members.

For further Information, Contact:
Ray Young, Sarasota Sister Cities Assn
e-mail:, phone: 941-225-1268

Meet & Greet Wednesday, June 17, 2015 5pm - 7pm

Meet & Greet  Wednesday, June 17, 2015 5pm - 7pm
Social on First
1219 1st Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

Enjoy Happy Hour Specials $5 for select red and white wine, draft beers, and Social's craft cocktails! Come out and learn about YOUR Sister Cities and meet others interested in building International relations with Sarasota's Sister Cities!

See you there!

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If you haven't had a chance to check out our French Arts Exhibit, “Confluence France” at the Art Center, come on out Wednesday June 17....Afterwards, join Sister Cities of Sarasota "Citizen Diplomats" between 5-7pm for happy hour nearby at Social on First, 1219 1st Street Sarasota, FL 34236.

  “Confluence France” is an exhibit made possible by collaboration of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, Art Center Sarasota, and Alliance Fran├žaise de Sarasota which features the work of 11 artists from the region of Sarasota’s Sister City, Perpignan, France.  Curated by Adeline Besson, a noted Paris-based curator. "As the definition of the word ‘Confluence’ suggests, the intention of these exhibitions is the connection of places and the gathering of people," says Lisa Berger, Art Center Sarasota’s executive director. This amazing show Closes June 26!

Art Center Sarasota 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Free admission.

Carrie Weaver
Director of Events, SCAS
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Dear GCAA, USCPFA SCA, and SCAS members, families and friends,

Welcome to the month of June! Schools are out finally!!

Our monthly dinner social will take place this Sunday at Super Buffet:

5471 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232
at 5:30pm. 

We hope to see you there! All friends and affiliates of GCAA will get a 10% discount upon bill pay. Just mention GCAA. Thank you.

Very Best Regards

Irene Leung


Sister Cities International Conference

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Sarasota Sister Cities Wins Award

It is my honor to announce that Sarasota Sister Cities has won the 2015 Sister Cities International Innovation in Arts and Culture Award for its size category. The Sister Cities FST ongoing program is the winner.

Congratulations to Ron Gossett, Linda Rosenbluth, Pauline Mitchell, Yuliya, Gaukhman and their volunteers. We will be sending a notice to the membership, but you might want to recognize your volunteers with a pre-notice of this victory.

More later!